We've been talking a great deal about iced coffee lately, but it is after all a place where many of us spend extra cash, buying cold drinks at the coffee shop when it's actually easier and best of all tastier to make iced coffee at home. You've read about how to make it with a mason jar and cheese cloth, but we also can't help be smitten with The Toddy. Here's why.Now before we sing the praises of this all white cold brew coffee making system, we have to tell you about our failure to brew our own, without it. Our wet grounds didn't stay where we wanted them, the coffee didn't stay where we wanted it to and although we've been known to make a mess in the kitchen, no matter how many times we tried, we just weren't successful. The mason jar method just wasn't for us. So we broke down and bought The Toddy and have had smooth sailing ever since!
The Toddy holds 9 cups of water and 1lb of coffee. You layer the coffee and water into the large reservoir, alternating them to help wet all the grounds without stirring. In the bottom there's a plug and a filter (which is reusable) to keep things in.
We've been setting our coffee to brew at night and it's ready to drain in the morning, a process that takes about 30 minutes. A carafe with air tight lid is included to catch the drips from the reservoir that sits snuggly on top while brewing. The coffee concentrate will keep for several weeks in the fridge and months in the freezer. We like to keep them frozen in cubes for easy use in sauces and rubs for other dishes in the kitchen.
To drink we mix 1 part coffee concentrate with 3 parts water/milk, all over ice, for the smoothest cup of joe we've ever had! Using the Toddy gives us the ability to make a much larger amount of concentrate, which eliminates the need to make a batch more than once a week, sometimes two! It's perfect for parties and makes brewing ahead of time a snap. It can also be used to cold brew tea, although we haven't road tested that one!
We haven't had a single spill, slosh, sploosh, clogged filter or problem since we started using it. Although some might still stick with the mason jar method, The Toddy lived up to all of it's internet hype, cult followers and has kept us well caffeinated (although cold brew coffee has 1/3 less caffeine than traditional hot brewed coffee)!
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